ILASLA 2013 AWARDS PRESIDENT’S AWARD Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy JACOBS/RYAN ASSOCIATES The landscape at the Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy features multi-functional gathering, educational, and recreational spaces including a biology garden, community gardens, an outdoor classroom/picnic area, and a combination soccer and football field to name a few. The site features a highly diverse native plant palette that functions as an urban botanic garden for the Academy’s biology students, and also contains extensive vegetated green roofs that provide valuable habitat while treating and storing stormwater for reuse in the community garden. The project’s building and site development strategies, green initiatives, and integrative team collaboration produced the first Chicago Public School to achieve a LEED Platinum rating.
HONOR AWARD Bringing the Classroom Outdoors – Evergreen Academy CULLITON QUINN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE With the guidance of a nonprofit greening organization, and in collaboration with the Mckinley Park neighborhood school’s science class, Evergreen Academy Middle School has transformed their concrete and asphalt outdoor space into a year-round interactive learning garden. Classroom space is sited away from the public street to minimize distraction, and additional seating arrangements allow students to work independently or in small groups. The design features a series of grassy mounds that provide space for play or relaxation, raised garden planters, and significant new canopy trees and vegetation that provide much needed shade and screening, and impart a sense of enclosure to the space.